Process flow

The following steps describe the capture and automatic printing of reports in more detail.

The capture and automatic printing of reports occurs in the following steps:

  1. A business application running on a z/OS® system produces a report as SYSOUT on the JES spool.
  2. JES notifies Output Manager when SYSOUT that matches a selector is discovered on the spool. Once a matching selector rule is found, Output Manager processes the SYSOUT.
  3. If any subselector rules are associated with the selector rule, Output Manager scans the subselector rules in the order in which they are listed to determine if any match the SYSOUT. If a matching subselector rule is found, Output Manager uses its control fields instead of those in the selector rule. If multiple subselector rules match the SYSOUT, Output Manager uses the first one.
  4. Output Manager archives the SYSOUT in its entirety to a sequential file based on the set of archive attributes that is associated with the selector rule. Output Manager also updates the archive index, which is a Db2® table.
  5. If the archived SYSOUT matches the criteria in a report selection rule, Output Manager reads the report selection rule, any associated report layout, and any report definitions that have the same report name or layout or both into memory.
  6. Output Manager processes the archived SYSOUT into reports (a basic report or custom report, and possibly an undefined report) based on the report selection rule, layout, and report definitions. A basic report contains the entire contents of the archive data set. A custom report is a logical view that presents a subset of the archive's contents. Undefined reports can be used to identify any pages that have not been accounted for in custom report definitions.

    If the report administrator specified an index in a report definition, Output Manager can also create field indexes (index records) that point to the report pages that contain discrete values of the defined index fields.

  7. Output Manager performs the automatic printing of the reports. Output Manager automatically distributes the reports to the recipients on the distribution list. The reports are distributed via email, hard copies, or online depending on how the report administrator has specified the distribution options for the recipients.
  8. Report end-users who have the proper authority can view and print the basic report and any related custom reports or indexed report pages from the Output Manager ISPF interface, or ITOMweb. Additionally, ITOMweb users can download the reports in PDF, CSV, or text file format for subsequent use in workstation-based tools.

After a report is printed automatically, the report administrator can reprint the report for all recipients on a distribution list, if necessary.